There’s nothing like a wonderful Christmas dinner shared with friends and family. We have our list of traditional family dishes I only prepare once a year.  The kids and Bryan hint throughout the year, “You know we could have this more often than on Christmas, right?”  We could, but having it only at Christmas makes it special, building anticipation and memories.  I’m always looking for new recipes to add to our repertoire, so when I discovered the Kraft Recipe Hub, packed with budget holiday recipes the whole family will love, I decided to try the Pumpkin Turtle Cheesecake.  We had tasted a version of the cheesecake recently and it had been a hit.  Thanks to our friends at Lunchbox, who are sponsoring today’s recipe, I am sharing the recipe.  Hopefully, it will be a hit with your family as well.
pumpkin turtle cheesecake

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We have a bevy of spoiled pets, ranging from one especially cute baby doll sheep, to several cats and a spoiled mutt.  Long ago, when the kids were young, they began to complain about the injustice of the pets not getting a present at Christmas. “Why don’t they get presents when everyone else does?”  I hung up a stocking with their names written on it, Santa brought them an extra can of food apiece and the rest is history. We began a tradition that continues until this day.  Nicholai, our sheep, lives outdoors, so he is given an extra cup of grain on Christmas, but the rest of the pets look forward to the traditional opening of presents.  This is mainly because they love to play in the boxes and tear up the paper, but they enjoy the gifts too.  Wondering what to get your pet or the crazy cat lady or dog lover in your family?  Well, wonder no more! I’ve included four great gifts in my Pet Products gift guide that are sure to please.
sherpa pet carrier
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If your family is anything like mine, you’re all about saving and sharing those holiday memories. After all, kids grow up too fast! And what better way to save those holiday memories than photos? Lots and LOTS of photos. The days of picking up a cheap disposable camera and having your film printed after Christmas is over. I get it, it can be hard to find a camera you like. One that’s going to last year after year, tacky Christmas sweater party after family game night.
Canon Holiday Image

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3 Ways to Don’t Worry, Retire Happy

by Pam on December 18, 2014

“Marry well.” “Have my kids get a good job and take care of me.” “Pick up cans on the side of the road for income.” These are all ways I have heard people say they are planning for their retirement. While most of these statements were made in jest,  it’s never too early to start planning for retirement.   When Bryan and I first won’t be retiring anytime soon, my goal is Don’t Worry, Retire Happy.   Here’s 3 tips we’ve used over the years to help us with retirement.
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Romance Gift Basket

Remember those B.C. (before children) days when you had the freedom to be spontaneous? I do! If we wanted to spend a day out of town or take a quick weekend getaway, no problem!  There was no need to plan for weeks in advance and pile the car full of toys, diaper bags, and baby equipment.  Even as the kids got a little older, it was still hard to plan to do things on the spur of the moment.  Not only was that true for quick trips to the store or vacations, it was enough to wrack havoc on our romantic life as well.   There was no random sitting down on the couch to cuddle without being interrupted by a small child asking, “Can I have a drink of water?”  As the kids got older a quick goodbye kiss could bring Oscar winning performances from the kids and their friends. “Ew! Cut it out! My eyes! I am scarred forever!”  Yeah, that’s a bit of a downer.   This Christmas, to spice things up a bit, I decided to give Bryan a romance basket for Christmas.  Of course, I am giving it to him privately and totally away from the kids.  I decided to include a few of my favorite things, candles, chocolate, and some romance coupons.
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Our Holiday Traditions, Including Hickory Farms

December 17, 2014

From our yearly visit to the local Christmas tree farm to pick out a real tree, to the ham with cherry glaze we serve every Christmas Eve before opening our presents, my family is big on holiday traditions. After all, it just wouldn’t seem like Christmas if we didn’t make a big batch of peanut [...]

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All I Want For Christmas Is…. #hintingseason

December 17, 2014

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Best Buy is always one of my top shopping destinations during the holidays. It seems like everyone on my gift list wants something from Best Buy. From video games and [...]

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